F45 HQ had the pleasure of sitting down with Jamie Britt, an F45 enthusiast, studio owner and proud member of the F45 HQ sales team. During this interview, Jamie takes us through his journey of how he found F45, what the company has done for him thus far and how he pictures his involvement in the community moving forward.
F45 HQ: Thanks for chatting with me today, Jamie! Please share a brief introduction about yourself with our readers!
Jamie: I started with F45 the day after Super Bowl 2017. Brady had just led the Patriots to a momentous comeback victory, and just like Brady did that Sunday evening, I just felt it was time for me to embark on what would become an incredible adventure. It inspired me and lit a fire in me.
Back when I started, there were 3 studios operating in Canada, and I vividly remember the F45 CEO telling me the goal was to have at least 50 by the end of the year. I liked the drive and passion, as well as the goals he had for the company. I thought about it and decided it sounded like fun and a challenge, and off we went. I jumped in head first and I haven't for a moment regretted it.
F45 HQ: What brought you to F45? Did you have previous fitness experience? If not, what was your previous experience / background?
Jamie: Before F45, I worked in construction for a long time. I am actually a licensed plumber, and was fortunate enough to have worked in some amazing companies that allowed me to develop significant Management and Operational experience. I genuinely believe this experience has helped me greatly in my role that I currently have with F45 Training.
F45 HQ: What was your first impression of F45 Training? When and how did you first experience the brand?
Jamie: Being Australian, I was fortunate enough to have seen first hand the rapid growth and success of this Australian born and bred business as a result of the way F45 appeals to such a broad audience. Being 30 something years old at the time, I too had fallen off the proverbial wagon. I needed something to inspire me and get me back into shape and when I joined the F45 in Liberty Village Toronto I felt motivated and excited again to be back in the gym; which was a feeling I hadn’t felt for quite some time. I fell in love with F45 first as a consumer, and later as an employee.
F45 HQ: Working as a sales representative, what has been your favorite part of the job? What about the brand keeps you here?
Jamie: I love being able to share my experience with people, guiding them where possible, and seeing them fulfill their ambitions and accomplish their goals. My absolute favourite part of this role is giving people the opportunity to change their lives everyday. Not many companies or people change the trajectory of so many lives, but F45 does and I have a front row seat everyday.
F45 HQ: Do you own any F45 studios of your own? If so, what was the reasoning for purchasing a studio? Have you been satisfied as a franchisee?
Jamie: I do, but I stay behind the scenes. I am fortunate to have amazing business partners who help me deliver the product brilliantly. I love that F45 offers a business model that allows you to be as involved as you personally want to be if it suits your lifestyle.
I will say, I do try to provide moral support as much as possible and am honored to be a part of the studio team. I truly love being a part of F45, and even in the toughest times, I remember the alternative, and wouldn’t change any of the choices I have made.
F45 HQ: How has F45 been life changing for you?
Jamie: I was really lucky to have found F45 when I did. Truthfully, I wasn’t really enjoying my management job and this opportunity came about at the perfect time. When I joined F45, the company was new enough for me to have a real impact on the growth, and make some amazing friends along the way. I feel honored to have been a part of that.
F45 HQ: What does the future of F45 look like, in your opinion?
Jamie: We are just getting started. There’s so much amazing talent at F45, and the market is really starting to realize the value of boutique fitness. This is largely driven by the amazing communities and social aspect, but also by the convenience of having a premium fitness offering in every town. This is quite unique and a major factor in the growth we are seeing. I really believe people need more of this in their lives.
F45 HQ: What has F45 HQ done for their franchisees that you have not seen anywhere else? Is there something in particular that sets F45 apart from other franchises or fitness industry giants?
Jamie: The great thing about F45 is our franchisee network. The ongoing support and training offered by HQ to the franchisee’s gives them valuable, up-to-date information that helps keep their business at the forefront of the industry.
F45 HQ: In your opinion, what sets F45 franchisees apart from other fitness industry franchise owners?
Jamie: The consistent theme among our owners is the energy and excitement from being able to provide someone with the best workout, in the best environment, every day. Being able to tailor the programs to the clients, and seeing them achieve their goals is unique, and inspiring, which is what really motivates our franchisees and makes them so unique. Our owners are really the secret sauce that separates us from others; we have some incredible people delivering the product in the best possible way every single day.
F45 HQ: What advice would you give to someone who is looking to break into the fitness industry as a business owner but may not have previous experience? What about someone who is looking to shift gears completely in their career?
Jamie: DO IT!!! In any instance, I think you need to have courage, and conviction. If you back yourself to be successful, and are willing to do the work, you will succeed. Whatever your past experience, or future plans, it is important to do your research. Franchising offers a ton of benefits for those who are on the fence. Follow the recipe, take advantage of the resources available, and if you don’t know, ask.
F45 HQ: What else would you like to share with our readers about F45, the franchising experience and your personal experience with the company?
Jamie: Having personally been in these shoes, I can confidently say that there is no other company like F45, whether it be as an employee, or franchisee, this business rewards those who hustle, and with that comes a level of personal success and satisfaction unlike any other. If you are unsure, reach out, there are plenty of people here who would love the chance to chat. We are eager to help and excited to welcome new franchisees into the family!
If you are interested in joining the F45 family and transitioning into the life that you desire, just as Jamie did, reach out to us today. A member of our team, potentially Jamie himself, would be happy to assist!